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Albion Urdank


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    AURDANK@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  5284 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-8888

Albion M. Urdank is a tenured Associate Professor of Modern British and European History, who received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1983. He has a research interest in British social and economic history, with an emphasis on the study of local and regional communities of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He has written a book on the wool weaving village of Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, in this period, titled Religion and Society in a Cotswold Vale, and is currently engaged in a study in historical demography of this same area, one that compares the reproductive behavior of the Anglican laity to that of Protestant Dissenters. He also studies popular religion and is engaged in reading a voluminous collection of manuscript sermons, composed and delivered by an evangelical Baptist minister active in the locale.

Mr. Urdank also plans to undertake a regional study of pastoral society along the Scottish/English border in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This academic project derives partly from his fondness for training Border Collies and entering them competitively in sheepdog trials throughout California and the Western United States. Border Collies were bred originally in the Scottish borders and entered profoundly into the folk culture of that region's communities. The Border Collie today is regarded as the most intelligent breed of dog and the premier sheepdog anywhere in the world. ["See Albion M Urdank, 'The Rationalisation of Rural Sport: British Sheepdog Trials, 1873-1946," in Rural History, (2006) 17, 1, 65-82 as an aspect of this research.]

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Selected Publications

"Birth, Death, and Religious Faith in an English Dissenting Community: A Microhistory of Nailsworth and Hinterland, 1695-1837," (Lexington Books, 2015)

RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN A COTSWOLD VALE: Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, 1780 to 1865. 460 Pp. $47.60. University of California Press, 1990.

“The Rationalisation of Rural Sport: British Sheepdog Trials, 1873-1946,” Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 17, 1 (April 2006), Pp. 65-82.

“Religion and Reproduction among English Dissenters: Gloucestershire Baptists in the Demographic Revolution,” Comparative Studies in Society and History , 33, no. 3 (July 1991), 511-527.

“The Consumption of Rental Property: Gloucestershire Plebeians and the Market Economy, 1750-1860.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History XXI, 2 (Autumn 1990), 261-281.

“Custom, Conflict and Traditional Authority in the Gloucester Weaver Strike of 1825,”
Journal of British Studies, Vol. 25, no. 2 (April 1986).

“Economic Decline in the English Industrial Revolution: The Gloucester Wool Trade, 1800-1840,” Journal of Economic History, XLV, no. 2 (June, 1985).

Current Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Europe in Age of Revolution, circa 1775 to 1815

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

Honors Research in History

2017 Winter Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2016 Winter Quarter

Europe in Age of Revolution, circa 1775 to 1815

2015 Fall Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

Topics in History: Modern Europe

2015 Summer Session

History of Modern Europe: Era of Total War, 1914 to 1945

2015 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2014 Fall Quarter

Europe in Age of Revolution, circa 1775 to 1815

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

2014 Spring Quarter

Europe in Age of Revolution, circa 1775 to 1815

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

2013 Fall Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

Advanced Historiography: Europe

2013 Spring Quarter

Europe in Age of Revolution, circa 1775 to 1815

2013 Winter Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2012 Fall Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

Advanced Historiography: Europe

2012 Spring Quarter

History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

2012 Winter Quarter

Europe in Age of Revolution, circa 1775 to 1815

2011 Fall Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

Advanced Historiography: Europe

Topics in History: Modern Europe

2011 Summer Session

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

2011 Winter Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

2010 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

Europe in Age of Revolution, Circa 1775 to 1815

2010 Winter Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2009 Summer Session

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Europe

2009 Spring Quarter

History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

2009 Winter Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2008 Fall Quarter

Seminar: English History -- Modern History

2008 Summer Session

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Europe

2008 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2008 Winter Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Europe

Topics in History: Britain

2007 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Europe: Era of Total War, 1914 to 1945

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Europe

2006 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

Topics in History: Early Modern Europe

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2006 Spring Quarter

History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Europe

2006 Winter Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2005 Summer Session

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2005 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Topics in European History

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Europe

Topics in History: Britain

2004 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Europe

Topics in History: Britain

2004 Summer Session

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2004 Spring Quarter

History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

Undergraduate Seminar: Europe

2004 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2003 Summer Session

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2003 Spring Quarter

History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

Undergraduate Seminar: Europe

2003 Winter Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

Undergraduate Seminar: Europe

2002 Summer Session

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2002 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Europe: Old Regime and Revolutionary Era, 1715 to 1815

Undergraduate Seminar

Topics in History: Modern Europe

2001 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2001 Summer Session

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2001 Spring Quarter

History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

2001 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Fall Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2000 Summer Session

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2000 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2000 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Europe: Old Regime and Revolutionary Era, 1715 to 1815

1999 Fall Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Summer Session

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Spring Quarter

History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

1998 Fall Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

1998 Summer Session
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 97C
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

HIST 136B
History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

HIST 126
Europe in Age of Revolution, circa 1775 to 1815

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

HIST 191C
Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Summer Session

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST 201E
Topics in History: Modern Europe

2015 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

HIST 121E
History of Modern Europe: Era of Total War, 1914 to 1945

2015 Summer Session

2007 Winter Quarter

HIST 200D
Advanced Historiography: Europe

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

HIST 136C
History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

2012 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

HIST 126
Europe in Age of Revolution, Circa 1775 to 1815

2010 Fall Quarter

HIST 191C
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Europe

2009 Summer Session

2008 Summer Session

2008 Winter Quarter

HIST 240A
Seminar: English History -- Modern History

2008 Fall Quarter

HIST 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2008 Spring Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 201G
Topics in History: Britain

2008 Winter Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST 191C
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Europe

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST 201D
Topics in History: Early Modern Europe

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 1C
Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Summer Session

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Summer Session

2003 Summer Session

2002 Summer Session

2001 Fall Quarter

2001 Summer Session

2000 Summer Session

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Summer Session

HIST 132
Topics in European History

2005 Spring Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2005 Spring Quarter

HIST 141C
History of Britain: Modern Britain since 1832

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

HIST 197C
Undergraduate Seminar: Europe

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

HIST 141B
History of Britain: Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

HIST 99
Introduction to Historical Practice

2004 Winter Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

HIST 197O
Undergraduate Seminar

2002 Winter Quarter

HIST 125C
History of Modern Europe: Old Regime and Revolutionary Era, 1715 to 1815

2002 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

HIST 197U
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Winter Quarter

HIST 197J
Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Fall Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

HIST 197A
Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Summer Session

HIST 1C

1998 Summer Session

HIST 136

1997 Fall Quarter